PERFORMING UNDER PRESSURE
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It seemed like an easy week when I opened the diary on Monday morning. A few spare mornings to pursue forgotten links for Park Theatre, send a couple of emails and plough on with some research. Two telephone conversations changed this quite suddenly. The first informed me that a principal actor in the play I've directed has had a medical emergency and will be unable to perform. The second was an urgent call for help from a big project that needed a director who could start immediately. Suddenly my free time has been punched out of the diary, and there's an adrenaline rush around every corner. The need to think quickly and act decisively is one of the most exciting elements of being a director, but it doesn't always lead to a healthy work-life balance.